Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Viktoria Mullova's new Bach

"To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience," wrote Tim Ashley in the Guardian of a concert.

She's now recorded the solo sonatas for the first time and re-recorded the partitas (this time using gut strings and a baroque bow on a stunning-sounding 1750 Guadagnini). I liked the previous recording of the Partitas a lot, and that was already one of my favourite versions. But this time the result I think is simply amazing, one of those recordings that immediately imposes its vision -- compelling you to think this is how the music ought to be played. It is indeed a great thing.

1 comment:

Clark said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Readers may wish to listen to selected tracks without cost at

http://www.last.fm/music/Viktoria+Mullova/+charts?rangetype=week&subtype=tracks

Many interesting videos of her performance, also without charge, may be found here:

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&ei=bNjxSYurNoyjtgevo-2fDw&resnum=1&q=viktoria-mullova&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=c9jxSf9H16u2B6Oi5L0P&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=8&ct=title#